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Old 05-28-2017, 10:41 AM   #421
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I've seen that thing but I didn't want to shell out that kind of money when I thought I could do it myself....
I'm going to try a couple more things today and then I might have to order it anyway!

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Old 05-28-2017, 10:44 AM   #422
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I've seen that thing but I didn't want to shell out that kind of money when I thought I could do it myself....
I'm going to try a couple more things today and then I might have to order it anyway!

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$13.00 and seems to save a TON of time and effort... I'm totally buying it.
I'm really hoping it tackled the reflective tape, as well!
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:48 AM   #423
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Yeah I probably should just go ahead and order it. It can be here in a couple of days and my way will take more than that. Yeah, I think I'll go for it

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Old 05-28-2017, 10:55 AM   #424
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Yeah I probably should just go ahead and order it. It can be here in a couple of days and my way will take more than that. Yeah, I think I'll go for it

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Please take pics and video and show me how it works! I'm leaving for a 4 week (tight budget) back pack trip with my 13 yo granddaughter tomorrow and will be ordering it as soon as I get back!

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Old 05-28-2017, 04:51 PM   #425
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$13.00 and seems to save a TON of time and effort... I'm totally buying it.
I'm really hoping it tackled the reflective tape, as well!
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I've taken various discs to mine. Gasoline and a LOT of scrubbing are the only thing that work for mine.
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:21 AM   #426
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I've taken various discs to mine. Gasoline and a LOT of scrubbing are the only thing that work for mine.
Here's what worked for me yesterday...
I used Klean-strip Sander Deglosser (that I mentioned in an earlier post)...
took one of those ScotchBrite green scrubbies to it lightly and the glue balled up...
THEN...wait for it...
Rubbing alcohol! took it all off like nobody's business!! My jaw dropped when I saw it working so effortlessly
I had the glue off the whole bus in 2-1/2
Hrs!!

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Old 05-29-2017, 08:31 AM   #427
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Just like inside my big bus its always the sticky stuff and adhesives that seem to take the most effort.
Raising the roof was NOTHING compared to removing that 22 year old tar/asphalt nightmare.
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:13 AM   #428
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Glue thats been Baked in the sun for 20 years definitely makes for a mess!!
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:42 AM   #429
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I used the wonder wheel on the decals - and the reflective strips - it took three wheels to do it - but worth it - it removed all the reflective tape / adhesive and left a nice buffed surface. No scratches.
It does take some time - One side of the bus came off in about 20 minutes the other side took about 3 hours...
The reflective rectangle "School Bus" on the front and and back of the bus took the longest time - I ended up using a heat gun and scrapper for some of it - the the Wonder Wheel for the rest.
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This might be too late, but I just watched a video of a guy easily removing decals off his skoolie with this: https://www.amazon.com/Transtar-6673...=transtar+6673

I am totally ordering it!

I just watched video again... he removed a 6"x6" decal in 1 minute 17 seconds with it, not apparent damage to the metal!
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:26 AM   #430
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So would gin work, or should I use everclear?
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Old 05-29-2017, 04:35 PM   #431
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So would gin work, or should I use everclear?
thats clearly alcohol Abuse, you are under arrest
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:32 PM   #432
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Picked up a $40 3M adhesive wheel, and it really does the trick- BUT- You really should get the decals off FIRST, as these discs are super pricey and they get eaten up after a day or so of use. Still a good amount of work even with the disc, but much better than anything else yet. Expect it to take MANY hours if your adhesive is as stubborn as mine. Got the back of the bus mostly done, just the front and rear caps and one emergency exit remaining, then I'll be done with adhesive removal. After that its on to more sanding, and actually cutting out and replacing rust.
Still desperately searching for window and door rubber, especially the WC door rubber. Even found a rust repair patch for the bottom of the door. Found a company that fabs up school bus repair panels and stuff. I'll post a link when I get a chance.
Twas a HOT day today. 95 in the shade. Bus is NOT in the shade!
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Old 05-29-2017, 07:44 PM   #433
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Oh- and get these, they're WAY cheaper
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:31 PM   #434
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thats clearly alcohol Abuse, you are under arrest
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Yeah, I abuse alcohol. I even sterilize things with it sometimes. It's not just for drinking anymore. Tinctures are where it's at.
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:27 PM   #435
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I've always had pretty good luck with aerosol electrical cleaner and very carefully with a new razor blade.
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:46 PM   #436
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I've always had pretty good luck with aerosol electrical cleaner and very carefully with a new razor blade.
We've tried all that. One side all came off EASY. THe other side has taken at least 15 hours or so. The last three or four hours were the most fruitful once I gave up on solvents and chemicals and tried that wheel.
I got all the decals and goo off a cop car a friend bought with a rag, razor, and a lil brake cleaner. But the drivers side of this bus is ridiculous.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:35 AM   #437
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Now I'm really confused. Last week the 3M discs only worked in California and now they work on the East coast as well ??

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I've had good luck with a 3M stripper wheel chucked up in an electric drill. I did a repaint on a 35' Bounder MH last year and used the wheel (more than one) to remove the glue from the tape decal decorations on the rig--did a nice clean job with a slight bit of clean up with lacquer thinner in the hard to get at corners. I used a heat gun to get the decal to release followed by the wheel. I'd used the same technique to get the reflective Police stickers off of several patrol cars.

You can get the wheels and mandrels on ebay. Look for 3M 07498 STRIPE OFF WHEEL/ERASER WHEEL WITH HARDWARE 3M 7498 or such.

P.S. I've tried a couple of cheeeepo wheels and all they did was make me mad.

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I've had good luck with a 3M stripper wheel chucked up in an electric drill. I did a repaint on a 35' Bounder MH last year and used the wheel (more than one) to remove the glue from the tape decal decorations on the rig--did a nice clean job with a slight bit of clean up with lacquer thinner in the hard to get at corners. I used a heat gun to get the decal to release followed by the wheel. I'd used the same technique to get the reflective Police stickers off of several patrol cars.

You can get the wheels and mandrels on ebay. Look for 3M 07498 STRIPE OFF WHEEL/ERASER WHEEL WITH HARDWARE 3M 7498 or such.

P.S. I've tried a couple of cheeeepo wheels and all they did was make me mad.

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Old 05-30-2017, 11:15 AM   #439
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Lowes had some sales going on, and we loaded up on more tools!
I need to remember to keep an eye on the flyers for Father's Day sales. I can't find my cordless drill. Could use an air hammer/chisel. Maybe a second angle grinder.
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I wish I could find a really nice WC door used somewhere. But there just aren't a lot of buses in the junkyards anywhere around here and the few used bus parts I can find are all Thomas.

Oh well. I guess paneling over that WC door WILL help make it look a bit more "MH".
We passed an RV/Truck/Bus U-Pull-It yard in PA on teh way back from Watkins Glen. I'm calling around to a few others slightly closer to me. I'll let you know if I find anything.

Give me the particulars if the doors vary bus to bus.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:24 AM   #440
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I paid $8K for my 84 passenger Thomas! $6K for a shorty???? Someone's getting taken for the proverbial ride!
Sounds like you got taken for the ride unless it's newer and low miles. Only paid $3807 after auction fess for my 84 pax.
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